"No one has heard the truth of what really happened until now," the publisher says
Rielle Hunter, the former mistress of John Edwards and the mother of their 4-year-old daughter, has written what the publisher promises to be a revealing memoir hitting the shelves later this month.
What Really Happened: John Edwards, Our Daughter, and Me is being billed as a tell-all about the events behind the dramatic downfall of Edwards, whose political corruption trial ended Thursday with an acquittal on one charge and a mistrial on others.
“We are delighted to publish Rielle Hunter’s memoir. A lot has been said. But no one has heard the truth of what really happened until now,” Glenn Yeffeth, publisher of BenBella Books, tells PEOPLE.
RoseMarie Terenzio, Hunter’s rep, confirms the book will be out June 26.
Hunter gave a lengthy interview in 2010 to GQ, describing her affair with Edwards from the “magnetic force field” of their first night together to their uncertain future as ex-lovers and co-parents of a young daughter.
“I know he loves me,” Hunter told the magazine. “I have never had any doubt at all about that. We love each other very much. And that hasn’t changed, and I believe that will be till death do us part. The love doesn’t go away. It’s unconditional.”
Edwards went on trial in federal court on charges of illegally using nearly $1 million in unreported campaign contributions to hide Hunter during his 2008 bid for the White House. At the time, Hunter was pregnant and Edwards’s wife, Elizabeth, was battling breast cancer, which later took her life.